Police has become the first police force to choose Willmott Dixon’s CODE*
custody suite concept for its next generation custodial facility in Grimsby.
Police initially looked at renovating its existing facilities but concluded that
would be too expensive and difficult to facilitate. Instead, it has opted for
the better value solution of CODE to replace current custody suites in
Scunthorpe and Grimsby with one large high-tech secure environment fit for the
demands of 21st century policing.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside is acquiring the site and if
planning permission is granted, work on the £15.5 million project to deliver
36-cell custody suite along with over 1,000 square metres of office space will
start in November 2017. Procured under Scape Group’s Major Works framework,
Willmott Dixon is now carrying out pre-construction work.
a big milestone for CODE, which Willmott Dixon launched with NORR Architects to
provide a choice of three pre-designed custodial facilities. It is a direct
response to a trend that is seeing police forces rationalise these estates by
relocating from smaller, multiple facilities to a single all-purpose custody
suite, offices and interview rooms.
Dixon has an extensive track record building custody suites. It recently
created new facilities for South Yorkshire Police, South Wales Police and West
Midlands Police, and is on site delivering Lancashire Constabulary’s new
headquarters in Blackpool for its West Division.
is the first of its new CODE range to be built and promises to revolutionise
policing as the custody suites are pre-designed to suit different police force
budgets and requirements.
models have been designed in partnership with NORR Architects, supply chain
partners, the Home Office and over 20 different police forces to tackle issues
such as minimising the risk of detainee injury, increasing security of evidence
and providing a better working environment that is more efficient and
has three models; Alpha providing up to 28 cells, Bravo (image above) up to 36 cells and Charlie
for forces that require more than 36 cells; police forces can also completely
customise their suite to ensure it meets their individual needs. All CODE
projects are delivered with a fixed cost, timescale, quality and minimum risk;
they also provide significant social value and community engagement commitments,
a defining factor of Willmott Dixon projects.
Dixon has already held a supply chain event in Grimsby to encourage local business
involvement. Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North:
“We are delighted to be moving forward with our first CODE custody suite
in Grimsby. This new generation of suites is tailored to the needs of modern
police forces and we have worked closely with our partners to ensure they
deliver in all areas.”
Bambini, managing director of Scape Procure, commented: “It is great that
Willmott Dixon is leading the way in creating efficient and cost-effective
solutions to delivering public sector buildings. Through utilising the Scape
National Major Works framework Humberside Police have ensured that they will be
delivering social value for the local community, including through the use of
local suppliers and by supporting apprenticeships.”
*Code stands for Custody,
Options, Designed and Engineered